OSHA to Update Site-Specific Targeting Program
Federal OSHA updated its site-specific targeting (SST) inspection program to use Form 300A injury and illness data that are more current than what was used in the program’s previous iteration.
OSHA’s previous SST inspection program used Form 300A injury and illness data from calendar years 2017 through 2019 for targeting companies with high injury rates. The updated version will use Form 300A injury and illness data for calendar years 2019 through 2021.
The SST inspection program is OSHA’s main site-specific programmed inspection initiative for non-construction workplaces with 20 or more employees.
This program uses objective data from injury and illness information provided by employers through the annually submitted Form 300A. The SST program assists OSHA in ensuring that employers provide safe and healthful workplaces by directing enforcement resources to those workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.
Based on OSHA’s past enforcement experience, it made the following changes to its SST inspection program:
- For high-rate establishments, the SST plan selects individual establishments for inspection based on 2021 Form 300A data. The previous SST used 2019 data.
- For upward-trending establishments, the SST plan selects individual establishments for inspection based on 2019 through 2021 Form 300A data. The previous SST used 2017 through 2019 data.
- The low-rate establishments list is generated using 2021 Form 300A data. The previous SST used 2019 data.
- The non-responders list is generated using 2021 data, while the previous SST used 2019 data.
The new SST inspection program is effective as of Feb. 7, 2023.